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Skull base surgery. 1998; 8(1): 17–21.
PMCID: PMC1656661

Methylmethacrylate Casting Model of Temporal Bone

A Simple Technique for Skull Base Research and Education


Methylmethacrylate casting model of the temporal bone simulating the translabyrinthine approach from the bone surface down to the internal auditory canal was developed in order to help to understand the complex anatomy that is often encountered during skull base surgery. Using a cadaver temporal bone and applying dental impression technique, fine structures, such as semicircular canals and facial nerve, were precisely reproduced in a life-size resin casting model. This simple cost-effective modeling method would facilitate both anatomical research and medical education by improving our understanding of the complex anatomy of the temporal bone.

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